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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 28, 2008 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: john kahn

I don't understand what the beef is with him. I like that percussive tone of his and certainly, like you say about improvising, Jerry was certainly able to bounce back and forth with the guy. For the style of music that Jerry liked playing with his own band I think he did a fine job. Shit, how many bands have bassists you can't even hear? Remember what Jerry said on that 10-31-80 show where Phils bass is down? " Bass is an essential part of music, you can't play without the bass"

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Feb 28, 2008 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: john kahn

John Kahn rocks, there are times when I prefer his playing to Phil's, more straight line balls to the wall. I'm with you on this one Johnny.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 28, 2008 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: john kahn

see? I told you that we'd find some common ground. Rock on!

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Feb 28, 2008 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: john kahn

"I prefer his playing to Phil's"

i agree, at least for the straight ahead JGB tunes, but Phil is more subtle and involved, less repetitious, more suited for free-form

unlike Phil, Kahn played with his fingers (none of this cheesy plectrum bass technique), more definitive and expressive...

also, he played double bass with reasonable skill, not an easy task

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Feb 28, 2008 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: john kahn

"but Phil is more subtle and involved, less repetitious, more suited for free-form "

Good point. I wouldn't have wanted Kahn to take Phil's spot for that very reason, it's obvious Phil is a huge part of what made the dead the dead. Kahn though it a perfect match for Jerry, gives him alot more freedom to explore simpler numbers that Phil might complex with his jazz mumbo jumbo.

I guess the point is I wouldn't have it any other way.